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On the prevailing ideology in the industry, continued.

Heydon is a designer. And a web developer. He is a fairly recognizable figure in the frontend circles, and is even known to have given the name of lobotomized owl to this CSS selector: * + *. He has later come to regret it because, as he said, it was making fun of mental illnesses, and therefore exclusionary. He has also written this anti-capitalist... erm... art project: https://twitter.com/heydonworks/status/1234421013917700096

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Airborne — as opposed to what? Was any other hypothesis of its transmission ever seriously considered (apart from the strange countries, such as Russia, that enforced the wearing of protective gloves in public places)? How would one act differently had this eye-opening scientific evidence been available a year ago?

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Crap! Why is it that almost anything that smacks of nice dev experience turns out to be an antipattern? I thought we were being pretty clever for using SVGR to import svgs as inline components — and now I'm reading this:



(link to twitter thread)

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Here's an extract from a book someone wrote titled A Coding Career Handbook (as an aside, people do tend to write books awfully soon in their careers nowadays; they become sort of like blogs, but more fashionable). In any case, again, this is what the predominant ideological climate in the industry is today:


1.4 Diversity

Often the only people who ignore diversity issues in a career discussion are cishet white men. For everyone else, it colors every job, every interaction, every moment of self-doubt. Regardless of your political persuasion, you should recognize that tech objectively does a worse job at diversity than any other well paid white collar industry. This isn’t mere perception – it is greatly statistically significant by any measure.

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From a job ad for a frontend developer:

Essential Skills
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Competencies and Behaviours:
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- Be a champion for equality, diversity and inclusion, and work collaboratively with a range of different stakeholders


A champion for equality, diversity and inclusion. A champion! And it's listed as an essential (essential!) competency/behavior not of an HR officer or of a manager, but of a down-to-earch tech grunt.

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Oh, so he jumped from the Gatsby team? :-) I remember him writing patently marketing articles on the Gatsby blog ("After all, Udemy named Gatsby the #1 emerging tech skill to learn. And Stack Overflow’s survey of nearly 65,000 developers found that Gatsby is one of the most loved and one of the most wanted web frameworks.")

At this point, Gatsby looks a very strange proposition. But the five-years-younger me swallowed it up, line, hook, and sinker, without question. In those early days, many thought it cool.

Wonder what WP Engine is hiring Node devs for.

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A pager on the site of the Smashing Magazine:



What happens when you press on the button with an ellipsis? Nothing does. Why, then, does it look like a button? No idea.

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Glimpsed an interesting text on Facebook. Is opens a window into a consciousness that is reflecting both on the history of the Internet and on its own evolution — a consciousness that I am sure would have been alien to me even as it was ten or fifteen years ago, but that has evolved in a direction that has made it even less compatible. From an antiauthoritarian rebel (I assume; this is probably the second or the third text by this person that I've ever seen, so I may be completely off here) he seems to have evolved into a respectable leftist orthodox with a modern list of real or imaginary opponents. Antiauthoritarian rebels are no longer welcome. "If you can't change with the times, I'll bloody well make you".

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They are both developer advocates. And they both talk about the Chrome 90 release. But they have different linguistic proficiency. Compare and contrast, as they say. Which makes me wonder — if being a developer advocate, or a devrel, involves spending much of the time being a talking head, why isn't linguistic fluency and the quality of enunciation, a job requirement?





Anyway, according to the first video, declarative shadow DOM is coming to Chrome. Which is huge. It finally means server-side-rendered web components!